Stone Motel: Memoirs of a Cajun Boy

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University Press of Mississippi
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6.5 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author
Morris Ardoin has written for organizations with missions that focus on health care, global migration, poverty, human rights, and education. His blog, Parenthetically Speaking, features entries on cooking, LGBTQ literature, and life as a Cajun New Yorker, and can be found at
Its details impressive, Stone Motel is a layered memoir, both nostalgic and forthright in recalling family struggles.--Laura Leavitt "Foreword Reviews"
One of the three best gay biography books of all time-- ""
Morris Ardoin knew he had to escape the hostile world into which he was born before he could find himself as a gay man. He succeeded in this quest, only to discover, as this brave, complex memoir makes clear, that his past remains an inextricable part of the person he has become.--Daniel Burr "The Gay & Lesbian Review"
Focusing on tradition, family, and food, Morris Ardoin's Stone Motel will resonate with those searching for personal identity in an unaccepting time or place. Intensely personal and incredibly emotional, there is a sense of victory in his survival.--Valerie J. Andrews, School of Communication and Design, Loyola University New Orleans
Stone Motel is much more than a memoir; it is a meditation on the intersection of place and identity. Ardoin elevates the classic coming-of-age story to an art form with authenticity and wisdom, all the while never wandering too far from his Cajun roots.--Frank Perez, author of Treasures of the Vieux Carré and other books about New Orleans
One can categorize this memoir as a queer coming-of-age story; however, to limit your understanding of this book to just that theme short-changes the scope of Ardoin's story. This is a book about work, family, grieving, and finding yourself, and your freedom, that will resonate with a broad range of readers. If you're looking for something good to read, cher, try this one.--Rachel Lutwick-Deaner "Southern Review of Books"